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Georgia Hartman

Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, UC Irvine

Residency: September 2016 – May 2017

Research Project: Homes with Value: Real Estate Markets, Mortgage Finance, and the Remaking of the Mexican City

Research Interests: mortgage finance, property, urban planning, development, economic and legal anthropology


Georgia Hartman is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at UC Irvine, where her dissertation research traces the impact of land and housing reforms on the urban environment in Cancun, Mexico. She earned her bachelor’s from Pitzer College and holds a master’s in Latin American studies from UC San Diego.

Hartman’s research in Mexico examines market-oriented land and housing reforms as forces that are changing notions of the value of land, home and property in Mexico’s fastest growing city: Cancun. Based on 12 months of ethnographic research, she analyzes new moral claims about property organized through the market—rather than the state—and examines their implications for urban space and the people who dwell in it. Hartman’s research is supported by grants from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.